When building new homes you need to make sure you comply with building regulations and also the technical standards set out by your warranty provider.
Most warranty providers use a stage inspection process to ensure these technical standards are being met by visiting the site at set stages of the build.
To avoid unnecessary delays to your build and to alleviate any issues early, LABC Warranty like to do things a bit differently and instead use a risk management approach to surveying.
So how does a risk based inspection process work in practice?
The LABC Warranty risk management process is made up of the following elements:
- Initial assessment
- Key risk inspections
- Frequency visits
Our surveyors carry out an initial assessment of the site based on the following criteria:
- Ground conditions
- Site exposure
- Complexity of the design specification
- Professional input
This check enables our surveyors to judge the likelihood of any problems arising as the building work progresses.
The assessment is adjusted throughout construction to reflect the standards being adhered to which enables our surveyors to identify riskier areas of the build and plan site visits accordingly.
Key risk inspections
These inspections consider the identified higher risk areas. The number of visits required will depend upon the level of risk that has been identified.
Any number of factors can be used to determine the level of risk. However, if you are building a basement you can be pretty sure that this will be considered higher risk as it can be extremely tricky to get the construction and waterproofing elements right. As such the surveyor will highlight key areas that need to be inspected during the basement construction.
Other areas that are classed as high risk are areas where water ingress is likely to occur such as roofs, windows and doors i.e. the waterproof envelope as we call it.
In addition to the identified risk inspections we will also carry out regular frequency visits targeting the critical stages of construction.
These stages would typically include inspections on:
- Foundations excavations (or prior to concreting ground beams on piled sites)
- First fix (or pre-plaster)
So what are the advantages of using risk based inspections?
Risk based inspections allow our surveyors to target areas of risk such as difficult details and unusual materials and provide the necessary technical expertise to assist you in complying with our technical standards.
Regular visits mean our surveyors have time to view and discuss all units in the build meaning inspection reports are proactive rather than reactive.
By working with you on site in this way our surveyors can identify any issues early on to avoid costly delays to your build.
Let’s face it no one wants any defects to arise further down the line so visiting your site more frequently to assess critical stages of construction and high risk areas makes sense!
By Anna Symington
Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.